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- NJ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS) - Some of the services provided to eligible clients of DVRS include Vocational Counseling & Guidance, Placement Services, Job Seeking Skills, Supported Employment, Time Limited Placement and Coaching, Job Accommodations, Skills Training, College Training, Physical Restoration, Emotional Restoration Services, Mobility Equipment, Driver Training, Vehicle Modification, and Home Modifications.
- Guidelines for School Personnel Working with Transition Students - Information about DVRS and a guide to referral procedures.
- DVRS Myths & Facts - Common misconceptions about DVRS and associated DVRS procedures.
- NJ Division of Disability Services - The Division of Disability Services (DDS) focuses on serving people who have become disabled as adults, whether through illness or injury. Such conditions are also called late-onset disabilities. However, through its toll free hotline -- 1-888-285-3036 -- the Division also responds to as many as 15,000 requests each year for Information and Referral Assistance on issues affecting people with any type of disability in the State of New Jersey.
- NJ Division of Developmental Disabilities - The Division of Developmental Disabilities serves more than 40,000 people with developmental disabilities including the following conditions mental retardation, cerebral palsy, autism, epilepsy, spina bifida, traumatic brain injuries and certain neurological impairments. Some of the services provided include case management, residential services, the provision of day programs, supported employment services, and various family support services. DDD also helps with guardianship procedures.
- Myths and Facts about Students and the Division of Developmental Disabilities - Common misconceptions about DDD and associated DDD procedures.
- NJ Transit Access Link - Access Link is NJ TRANSIT's paratransit service required by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Access Link provides paratransit service comparable to the local bus service. This service is specifically for people whose disability prevents them from using the local fixed route bus service.
- Community Paratransit System - Contact information for obtaining specific transportation information and service guidelines for each of the 21 counties in New Jersey that provide community-based transportation services to meet the various needs of seniors, people with disabilities, and in some cases, the general public, rural residents and/or Work First participants.
- NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired - The mission of the New Jersey Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired is to promote and provide services in the areas of education, employment, independence and eye health through informed choice and partnership with persons who are blind or visually impaired, their families and the community. The Commission recognizes three major thrusts in carrying out this mission, which are (1) providing specialized services to persons with vision problems, and (2) educating and working in the community to reduce the incidence of vision loss and (3) to improve attitudes concerning people with vision loss.
- NJ Division of Youth and Family Services - The Division of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) is New Jersey's child protection and child welfare agency within the Department of Children and Families. Its mission is to ensure the safety, permanency and well-being of children and to support families. DYFS is responsible for investigating allegations of child abuse and neglect and, if necessary, arranging for the child's protection and the family's treatment.
- NJ Division of Child Behavioral Health Services - Within the Department of Children and Families, the Division of Child Behavioral Health Services (DCBHS) serves children and adolescents with emotional and behavioral health care challenges and their families. The following services are available: Mobile Response and Stabilization Services, Care Management Organizations, Youth Case Management Services, and Family Support Organizations.
- Community Mental Health Agency - The Division for Mental Health Services provides mental health services in the community through contracts with more than 120 community-based not-for-profit organizations. These organizations provide trained psychiatric personnel working in local screening centers who treat people in crisis and determine if they need to be committed involuntarily to a hospital for psychiatric treatment, Community residences, Outpatient services, Partial Hospitalization and Partial Care, Integrated case management, Programs of Assertive Community Treatment, Supported Employment Services, Systems advocates, and a wide range of other services.
- Center for Independent Living - Contact information is provided for the Center for Independent Living (CIL) serving residents of each of New Jersey’s 21 counties. CILs provide a variety of direct services to assist individuals with disabilities to live independently in the community.
- Office of Recreation - The New Jersey Office of Recreation's mission is to: (a) promote and encourage the expansion and development of recreational programs on a statewide and local basis; and to (b) disseminate informational and related materials to governmental and other agencies engaged in fostering recreational programs. This mission is accomplished by ensuring the professional competency of the people who run recreation, expanding the number and diversity of recreation programs which integrate individuals with disabilities, and providing technical assistance on recreation issues, facilities, and programs.
- Social Security Administration - Information on the Social Security and Supplemental Security Income disability programs, which are the largest of several Federal programs that provide assistance to people with disabilities. While these two programs are different in many ways, both are administered by the Social Security Administration and only individuals who have a disability and meet medical criteria may qualify for benefits under either program. Social Security Disability Insurance pays benefits to you and certain members of your family if you are "insured," meaning that you worked long enough and paid Social Security taxes. Supplemental Security Income pays benefits based on financial need.
- US DOE, Office for Civil Rights - Information on the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), whose mission is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation through vigorous enforcement of civil rights. OCR serves student populations facing discrimination and the advocates and institutions promoting systemic solutions to civil rights problems. An important responsibility of OCR is resolving complaints of discrimination. Agency-initiated cases, typically called compliance reviews, permit OCR to target resources on compliance problems that appear particularly acute. OCR also provides technical assistance to help institutions achieve voluntary compliance with the civil rights laws that OCR enforces. An important part of OCR's technical assistance is partnerships designed to develop creative approaches to preventing and addressing discrimination.